Hokkaido Startup to Try to Launch Rocket into Space on April 30, for 3rd Time

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Taiki, Hokkaido, Pref., April 12 (Jiji Press)--Interstellar Technologies Inc. said Friday it will blast off a small observation rocket at a launch site in the town of Taiki, Hokkaido, on April 30.

It will be the third attempt by the startup based in the northern town to become the first Japanese private company to send a self-developed rocket into space at least 100 kilometers above Earth.

May 1-5 will be backup launch dates for the Momo-3 rocket, the company said.

Interstellar Technologies, founded by high-profile entrepreneur Takafumi Horie, launched the first Momo rocket in July 2017. But the rocket reached an altitude of only some 20 kilometers.

In June last year, the Momo-2 fell to the ground immediately after the liftoff and burst into flames.

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